Iberia

Sep 10, 2013 11:35 PM by Erin Steuber

93-Year-Old Veteran Teaches a Lesson in Paying it Forward

You may remember the moment when Sgt. Larry Dauterive of New Iberia saw his new bike for the first time. The 93-year-old's bike was stolen and thanks to viewers he received a new one the same day. Then just days later, his original bike was recovered by an Iberia Parish deputy, who then restored it to it's former glory. But with two bikes the question then became what to do with the other one.

Well Dauterive and his wife knew they didn't want to sell the bike, or simply get rid of it. Instead, the answer became clear, they would donate it to LARC in memory of their daughter.

With one last repair the tricycle, known as "Cadillac Jack," was ready for a ride and Susan Cherry was happy to take it for a spin.

"How does it ride?," said KATC's Erin Steuber.

"Good," said Cherry.

But while the tricycle looks all too familiar there is a new special touch: A plaque reminding those who ride it where the bike came from. from Sgt. Larry Dauterive and his wife Dot, in memory of their daughter Christy.

"As far as I'm concerned this is a dream for my wife and I," said Larry."Knowing that this bike is going to where my daughter Christy lived for several years, many years. It's just a way of saying thanks for what you've done for us."

Christy Dauterive died of kidney failure 3 years ago at the age of 55 and her parents knew this was the perfect way to pay tribute, by paying it forward.

"To see Christy was to love Christy," said Larry. "We miss her, Lord yes, we pray for her. If there was anyway prayer could bring her back she would be sitting where you are, promise you that," said Larry.

And if this story didn't come full circle enough, Susan Cherry, now proudly riding the bike, took the place of Christy at the group home after she died.

"It's exciting. It brings the kid out in all of us," said Susan Nini with LARC.

You'll remember Larry called the bike "Cadillac Jack," it's new owner calling it "John Cena" after the WWE wrestling star. As you can imagine she's a big wrestling fan.

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